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New Leader Blog - October 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, October 3, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapters to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required. 

Ghaleb Aoude
Rite Techonologies
Ottawa Chapter Leader


  • Executive-Level consultant and IT manager with more than 30 years of Information Technology (IT) and business management experience.
  • Mission critical projects were brought to their successful closure in government and private sector environments. Skilled leadership skills that drive teams and operations to deliver according to defined performance metrics
  • Experience in various IT projects including infrastructure development, software development, turnkey projects, ITSM, datacenter, and call center implementations
  • Rich consulting experience capable of aligning IT services with business goals and objectives through concrete initiatives and projects
  • My HP Software background goes back to a 14-year job responsibility to lead a sales team and then an IT Department at an HP partner in Kuwait
  • Later, joined another HP partner that started a managed services business based on HP ITSM setup
  • Then joined the Central Agency for information Technology in Kuwait as an IT Consultant. Among other responsibilities, I oversaw the implementation and operations of their HP based NOC that manages a high speed MPLS government-wide network 

Moving to Canada recently was challenging, yet joyful. I needed to stay in touch with technology, yet I wanted to do that via something I love, know, and enjoy. Leading the Vivit Chapter in Ottawa, where I live now, provides an optimum opportunity to stay connected and involved. Also, it puts me in touch with the technology community in Ottawa."

Bhavesh Maharaj

South Africa Chapter Leader

  • 10+ years ‘experience in Software Testing and 2+ years in Software Development.
  • Worked in various levels and roles, and within different development methodologies, such as waterfall and agile, throughout my career.
  • Current areas of expertise are in performance testing, test automation, technical testing and Test Management.
  • Committee member of the SIGiST group in SA

 "Looking to develop more leadership skills"


Witold Rorot

Sopra Steria
Poland Chapter Leader

  • Graduate of Franco-Polish School (EFP) in Poznań in telecommunication, computer science and economy faculty
  • Senior Project Manager in Sopra Steria Polska company where he has worked for nearly eight years
  • During this period of time, Witold has managed several transition and transformation projects for the European customers
  • Main areas of interest are related to ITSM, ITOM, ITAM
  • For the last 4 years has been working as Technical Architect for HQ in many innovation projects
  • Member of ISACA Polska, PTI (Polish computer science society) and Information Security Forum
  • Actively working in domain of security, where he was acknowledged as certified ISO27K1 Lead Auditor by IRCA
  • Previous experiences are coming from the work as Branch Director of the polish IT company, where Witold had been working on projects for industrial, government and in the most cases financial institutions.
  • In a private life, Witold is father of 2 adult (students) children and 1 teenager
  • He's very involved in beekeeping activities
  • He loves to ride chopper motorbike
  • Lives and works in Upper Silesia region for the last 27 years

"I want to invite all HPE Software users in Poland to share knowledge and the difficulties that you experience in everyday life. I think the possibilities are numerous: webex meetings, participation in SIG presentations, HPE and/or partner conferences. I suggest a meeting for coffee - less formal discussions without presentation. We could invite HPE product managers or consultants, who tell about new and ongoing challenges they are working on. Finally, you could try to unleash your potential through implementation presentations, solutions that you use every day and lessons / experience you have earned during the project.” 



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SIG News - October 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, October 3, 2016
Updated: Monday, October 3, 2016

Recently, Vivit formed a new Special Interest Group around Vertica products, and we are excited to announce Dina Love and Akshar Dave as the leaders for this new SIG. We invite you to learn about their plans for this SIG and to become a member by clicking on the Join Group link.




Dina Love, Senior Technical Instructor, HPE Vertica, became a Vivit Special Interest Group Leader because it provides an environment to network and connect with those individuals that share the same product interests.

"Vivit allows us to share information and expand professionally, and I wanted a platform to share ideas, knowledge and experience with colleagues, customers, partners and other like-minded individuals and learn from their knowledge and experience as well. The special interest group allows me to reach a global audience and have contact with those I might never have otherwise. It gives me the opportunity to help provide relevant content as well as help connect those who want to know more with the right contacts and solutions. I became the HPE Vertica SIG leader because I am passionate about the HPE Vertica product. As an instructor teaching HPE Vertica, I have knowledge I can contribute, and I have access to other Subject Matter Experts who can impart their expertise to our membership.My wish is to show those who are not yet using it to see why it is such a great product and help those who are to get the most out of it.”

Partnering with Dina is Akshar Dave who has more than 15 years of data analytics and data science experience and a track record of delivering innovation with a strong customer focus. He leads SoftNet Solutions’ Vertica Practice and is obsessed with disruptive technologies like Vertica. He is known for his ability to lead creative analytics solutions that bridge business and development teams. He is a master of using open source technologies to generate value from Big Data.

"I would like to see us bring together experts and visionaries from the Vertica team and the industry in: data infrastructure, data engineering, and data science and to explore applications that leverage Vertica in areas such as advertising, marketing, eCommerce, gaming, security, etc, especially as it relates to MPP database. Our goal is to make it easier than ever for you to collaborate with others and share your knowledge around Vertica.”

Register Now for the Vertica SIG’s introductory webinar on October 13th!

The group will then provide periodic webinars and communications to let their membership know what's new with HPE Vertica releases as well as expand on any topics of interest as voiced by the members of this group. Share your ideas with them today!



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Discover 2016 London Breakout Sessions

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016

Vivit Breakout Sessions Now Available in the Agenda Builder

Vivit is proud to announce we have three breakout sessions at Discover London that are listed in the session catalog. The sessions below will surely provide great knowledge to all who attend. Be sure you add your Vivit session to your Agenda Builder now!


Protect your Knowledge and your Business

BB11499 | Thursday, 1 December | 9:30 - 10:30

Pedro Mendes
Business Unit Manager

In this Breakout Session, you will learn about all the risks your business faces, including new risks created by IoT. Find out how you should protect your data and prepare to recover from disaster. Discover how Hewlett Packard Enterprise can help your organization stay one step ahead. You will take a closer look at Tesla IoT and learn why Tesla is concerned about data protection and fast recovery from disaster. You will also learn how the HPE Adoption Readiness Tool (ART) can help protect your business.

Four Key Focus Areas for Effective Performance Engineering

BB11501 | Tuesday, 29 November | 11:00 - 12:00

Todd DeCaupa
Senior Director, Technology and Product Innovation
Corporation Service Company

Effective performance engineering is a methodology that many technology and business teams adopt to transform their organizations. During this Breakout Session, you will focus on four key areas of effective performance engineering. Join us to participate and learn how to build, develop, optimize and focus. The discussion will include references from the O'Reilly Media book titled, Effective Performance Engineering, co-authored by the speaker of this session.

Modern Software Testing in a Digital Context

TB11500 | Wednesday, 30 November | 12:30 - 13:30

Stevan Zivanovic
Service Delivery Director and Product Owner
Infuse Consulting Limited

Testing in a digital context requires a significant change from traditional testing approaches. Underpinning digital is the desire to have dynamic systems, often sourced for a variety of vendors, providing services that can be ill defined but highly desired. This session will look at how to tie in test automation, performance testing and service virtualization, within Agile structured test management frameworks, that can respond with the flexibility that businesses require, whilst assuring the desired quality.

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Vivit Member Discount for Discover 2016 London

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Vivit Members–Register Now for Discover 2016 London
and receive your $300 Member Discount!

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New Leader Blog - September 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leader and his expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapters to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to a leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.


Jeff Downs

Solutions Architect
HPE Software Lifecycle Integration SIG Leader

"We are no longer in the old days of manual and batch integrations. The Vivit HPE Software Lifecycle Integration SIG will spread the good word of automated, real-time and enterprise grade integration."



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Spotlight on a Volunteer - September 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, September 1, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016

Jan Å Pontéus

Test Manager
Swedish Tax Agency

Sweden Chapter Leader

  • Runs improvement projects.
  • Over 15 years within SW test; as test lead in telecom, process/method specialist
  • Likes the ”vertical” approach: Processes, methods and tools to be mastered by one person/team to optimize all layers, Including the world around us (ITIL…).
  • Likes to hold courses, typically in test theory or crash courses in ALM
  • Background in HW (telecom, professional audio). Almost as fun as test tools and processes.

”The main purpose, I think, with a community like Vivit, is to give colleagues the possibility to meet in an informal way. Some people you may know a long time. Some are new. All have something valuable to tell. Since the best information you can get is the information you didn’t asked for (because you didn’t know it existed), informal meetups are essential for getting you out of your box. Many of us struggle with everyday chores, but by meeting others, whether they have gone further or share your situation, you get new strength. Add the presentations and the possibility to share thoughts with HPE staff, time spent at Vivit meetings is generally really rewarding.”

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Survey on AppSec Integration into DevOps

Posted By Cindy Blake, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016

By: Cindy Blake
Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Many organizations are adopting DevOps practices to increase the efficiency of their software development lifecycles. Increasing the frequency of software deployment is great. But the benefits of these changes will be lost if the applications are not secure. However, it is hard to know if applications in deployment are insecure unless they have already been breached.

We have created a brief (10 minute) survey to understand how application security testing is being integrated into DevOps today. The questions will capture who is responsible for vulnerability testing and what practices respondents' organizations are implementing. We are targeting developers, IT operations, security and all others that are involved in the software development lifecycles at their organizations.

A few lucky participants of our survey will win a prynt mobile photo printer or motorola 360 smart watch. You may also opt to receive the aggregate results via email at the conclusion of our survey.

All survey responses are appreciated. The results will allow us to raise awareness of the current state of application security as a component of DevOps practices. If you would like to participate please follow the link below.

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New Leader Blog - August 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Saturday, August 6, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapters to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to a leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Prasada Nimmathota

Mid - Atlantic Chapter

  • Currently working as a Project Delivery Manager at Deloitte
  • Working with many HPE tools and implemented many innovative solutions at his organization
  • Leading the HPE Software Community of Practice at Deloitte
  • More than 18 years’ experience with HPE/mercury tools and integrated HPE tools with IBM and many other open source tools and providing consulting services


Machine Data Systems
Toronto Chapter 

  • Milan leads the Toronto chapter of Vivit and founded Machine Data Systems in 2009. Prior to founding the company, he was Director of software pre-sales for HP Canada and also held roles in pre-sales management, consulting services, and software-as-a-service at HP and Mercury Interactive.


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Resting on our Laurels? Never! Announcing the HPE Service Anywhere August 2016 Release

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, August 5, 2016
Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016

By: Julie Azoulai
Service Anywhere Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In today’s workplace, when employees search for information, look for services, and request assistance, they expect their company to provide a consumer-oriented experience from their service desk, as if they are shopping on Amazon. To meet expectations, IT organizations must employ a service desk that offers an engaging, easy-to-use interface, self-service functions, and a Google-like experience for both end-users and agents.

HPE Service Anywhere, our Big Data SaaS Service Desk, does all of this and more, and our customers are feeling the benefits. Recently at the HPE ITSM Customer Forum in Berlin and HPE Discover in Las Vegas, customers presented their successful implementations of Service Anywhere. They are seeing fewer service request tickets, increased employee satisfaction, and significant cost savings.

To keep up the momentum and to continue to bring value to our customers, Service Anywhere is announcing a new, feature packed August 2016 release. Below are a few highlights.

Mobility: Service on the go

The Service Anywhere Self-Service Portal is now available as a new, native mobile application, called HPE Propel. Featuring live notifications and an intuitive card layout, it uses Big Data analytics to understand user activity and to display the right information at the right time. Employees can easily self-solve issues, order services from a catalog, submit tickets, and track requests while on the go. HPE Propel mobile app already works with Service Anywhere, and in the future it will connect to additional catalogs and services. Look for the Android version now in the Google Play Store and soon as an iOS app in the Apple Store.

IT efficiency for Service Desk Managers, Agents, and Administrators

The release also includes new capabilities that will increase the satisfaction of service desk managers, agents, and administrators, for example:

  • On-call schedules allow automatic routing of tickets to on-duty agents including configurable calendars, assignment strategies, and notification preferences - which can be used independently from on-call schedules
  • ChatOps-style integration with Slack and Hubot enables collaboration and fast incident resolution.Chats between agents, managers and other stakeholders are automatically added to tickets
  • Project management and asset management enhancements
  • Dedicated support for Human Resources support processes

Fast and Secure

With the August 2016 release you can also deliver services faster and protect critical functions without disruptions, for example:

  • Secure critical actions by requiring a second-PIN base code for access and an additional auto-generated code
  • New native LDAP integration enables synchronizing persons and groups from Active Directory systems to Service Anywhere without an additional middleware
  • Workflow debug tool enables administrators to quickly debug issues that may arise in the workflow of a record
  • Internal browser and network performance indicators give our SaaSagents the tools to make your application run faster

Above is only a quick snapshot of what this release offers. Check out the new features by registering for the HPE Service Anywhere free trial.

To see a demonstration of the new features, join our Vivit Webinar on September 8. Please register here. We hope to see you there!

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Get FREE Self-Service of Passwords

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, August 5, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

By Finn Jensen
Service Anywhere Product Marketing Manager

Password requests are clogging the service desk

When IT-security management demands the use of an advanced password policy to increase security, this creates problems for the users. When passwords have to be changed every 60-90 days and must contain at least 10 characters and include different types of characters, etc., then users forget their passwords!! According to several studies, password-related calls amount to 20-35% of all calls to the service desk.

At HPE Discover in Las Vegas, FastPassCorp and HPE offered Password self-service portal for FREE for Service Anywhere customers. FastPassCorp now extends this offer to all VIVIT users representing organizations with 2,000-30,000 AD users for the next 6 months. YES: It is for FREE as in an annual cost of zero US$!!

Free self-service of Active Directory passwords for VIVIT members

With FastPass Cloud your users can call the FastPass Cloud portal for direct password self-service for Windows / AD passwords. The basic portal and the mobile portal is for FREE for at least the next 4 years!

Above illustration shows how to connect from HPE Service Anywhere, but this is just one example of access. When the user accesses the portal, she will authenticate with answers to personal questions (a combination of company-defined and user-defined questions). The user then makes her own new password guided by the company password policy.

Users who prefer to do self-service from their Smartphones can do so too!

Additional options available

From the Free FastPass Cloud, customers can upgrade to the highest level of password self-service process as expressed in Best Practices for Password self-service.

The annual service fee for above functions depend on total number of users and the combination of functions. Contact us for an individual quote.

More information

is available from the FastPassCorp WEB-site

Join us at the VIVIT webinar the 1st of September!

The FastPass software is externally certified for WEB security according to the standards from: PSI, Owasp and SANS-Cyber certified by Indusface Pty.

To get a quote for an advanced solution with the full FastPass Cloud, contact us , Finn Jensen CEO: +45 24811279,

FastPassCorp A/S is the leading provider of password self-service solution for Cloud and on-premise. FastPass Corp A/S is a public company registered on Nasdaq/Copenhagen/ FirstNorth since 2007. Distribution and implementation is done through strong and professional local partners. Please take a look at our homepage:

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